Hello there! I'm Erika Ward, Owner and Principal Designer of Erika Ward Interiors. It's my greatest pleasure to inspire you to live well, to live in style, and to extinguish the myth that style and budget are mutually exclusive. Read more about my design philosophy and my work at http://www.blulabelbungalow.com
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Just this past weekend I met a reader who had an interesting dilemma. While she enjoys reading sites like Houzz and marvels at the amazing spaces, she also becomes discouraged and downright depressed because she feels like the decor is unattainable at her budget.
After a bit of motivational chat to lift her spirits, I suggested that she visit local thrifts to seek out sturdy secondhand pieces. A friend of mine always says that secondhand does not mean second class. There is always a diamond in the rough waiting to be discovered. To prove my point, let's examine the ever-so-popular cane chair:
Shop retail stores for inspiration on how to use your new finds in your home. This table from Restoration Hardware is no doubt a gem, and probably cost as much as one, too. Remove the old finish on a set of chairs to get this raw, weathered look.
The room's soft, powdery blue creates the perfect backdrop to display a wealth of antique treasures, starting from the headboard made from old shutters to the cane settee at the foot of the bed. The pin-tucked bedding makes this restful retreat a great mix of old and new.
This piece is my favorite of them all. These handsome accent chairs with their weathered wood frames appear hearty and masculine. Soften them to taste by adding a throw across the back of the chair and placing a toss pillow in the seat.